Artur Davis: My Favorite Former Alabama Congressman

When he was elected, I had the backhanded-complimentary opinion of Artur Davis that at least he seemed a step up from the time-serving lump Earl Hilliard. But now I see that I sold him short, because my man has been showing quite a lot of backbone in his post-political career, as with this statement on the Democrats’ Cory Booker fiasco:

It’s hard to imagine a more instructive couple of days for those who want to know where the Democratic Party’s head is at: its only high-profile African American moderate just got a brushback pitch for leaning in too close to the Independent thought zone; the Obama camp looks ominously like a cult of personality that tolerates no dissent; and the reelection campaign just doubled down on the European leftist notion that business is fair only when it operates in a sanitized, risk free manner. 

As for Booker, my hope is that the pushback won’t turn him into just another faux centrist who won’t risk offending his base. He already looks a little less brave and a lot more conventional after the forgive me video from the bunker he released on Sunday. In fairness, a public servant with his gifts and history with Obama deserved much better.

Holy crap! Update and bumped: Davis says he hasn’t made a final decision on switching parties yet, but it sounds like all that’s missing is the paperwork. “If I were to run, it would be as a Republican.”

On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again. I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured: frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country. You have also seen me write that faith institutions should not be compelled to violate their teachings because faith is a freedom, too. You’ve read that in my view, the law can’t continue to favor one race over another in offering hard-earned slots in colleges: America has changed, and we are now diverse enough that we don’t need to accommodate a racial spoils system. And you know from these pages that I still think the way we have gone about mending the flaws in our healthcare system is the wrong way—it goes further than we need and costs more than we can bear. 

Taken together, these are hardly the enthusiasms of a Democrat circa 2012, and they wouldn’t be defensible in a Democratic primary. 

That would be a huge switch for someone who was considered a rising star of the Democratic party just a few short years ago. The purging of all reasonable people from the Democrats ranks continues apace.

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